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>> i'm in london with the latest from europe including a un mandating report reveals that 250,000 syrians are struggling to survive as the conflict there rages on. ♪ >> well, it's a day of tough talking and difficult negotiations over a crisis that has seen ukraine losing control of crimea. russian diplomats have been in discussion with nato, while in paris the foreign ministers of the united states and russia have been meeting too, and it's there where we begin. barnaby phillips has this report. >> reporter: in paris, europe and the united states try to court rate their position in the face of what they consider russian aggression. >> translator: there will be sanctions tomorrow targeting
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visas, and the assets of a certain about of oligarks. >> translator: i would like do you explain to me what you mean by pro-russian forces. if you are referring to the self-defense forces, we don't have any power over them, they don't cake our orders. however, the russian military are in their deployment places and some special alert and control measures have been taken over the whole black sea fleet. that being said, we do do anything to prevent bloodshed. >> reporter: this is a chance not only for the west to talk
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directly to the russians, but also for the ukrainians to do so. >> we're doing everything to bring russia and ukraine in to direct contact with each other and make sure the governments are talking to each other, which the russians have not been willing to do at a senior level in recent days. >> reporter: all of this suggest there is a willingness for dialogue. russia considers the new russia in kiev ill legitimate, the southwest going out of its way to help that government. >> the package combined could bring an overall support of at least 11 billion euros over the next couple of years from
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european budget and the financial institutions. it is designed to assist the new ukrainian government. >> reporter: governments had originally come here to discussion the syrian war. but even that has been other shadowed by events in ukraine. >> the crisis in ukraine has strained relations between nato members and russia. simon joins us now. what is nato's strategy in regards to ukraine? >> i think specifically today it is to make sure that wherever the russians turn, in this case in about an hour the russian ambassador to nato, they find
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the same message, and that has been a very clear message on the two previous statements it issued, that it condemns russian's actions in crimea, and demands return of russian soldiers to its bare racks. and i think that's the message the ambassador will receive from about 28 am boss -- ambassadors meeting her in about an hour. it's a meeting of equal members, 28 nato countries and russia, but the circumstances are far from -- from normal. it will be a very tense atmosphere. i'm not sure the russian ambassador is going to get a dressing down, but i think it will be uncomfortable for him. >> certainly. thank you for that, simon. that's simon mcgregor wood speaking to us from brussels.
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as the diplomats search for a political solution, inside ukraine some service men are being treasures to do sides. >> reporter: if there is somewhere in crimea where the russians have full control it's here at this port. ships of the black sea fleet block all traffic, military and civilian, draining all life from this otherwise thriving port. this is an easy target for the russians, but if their intention is to take over all military installations in crimea, then the mission is not over yet. ukrainian servicemen have refused to yield to this show of force. we managed to speak of some of the ukrainian service men through the gate here. they said they hadn't received any ultimatum yet. they said they had no intention to surrender their base because
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they pledged loyalty to ukraine. and they also said they hoped this would be solved peacefully. the soldiers are digging in for the long hall, relying on the support of relatives to keep them going, while politicians try to reach a compromise. >> translator: this story has two sides, on the one hand my son has to obey the ukrainian government that he pledged to serve. since the government changed, the situation is different, and our children are suffering. >> reporter: the crisis is clearly polarizing opinions in crimea. servicemen are coming under pressure to take sides with strong roots to both. >> translator: russians are not invaders this mother shouts >> reporter: they try to explain they are caught in the middle, but she is not convinced.
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>> translator: we are on our land this is ukrainian territory many don't understand us, here we are from the east, west, and south. it's hard. >> reporter: as the crisis deepens in crimea, perhaps one of the biggest challenges for the ukrainian military is to stay disciplined in the face of growing divisions in the country. kiev's independence square has now become a memorial site. people from across ukraine have been visiting the area to pay homage to those killed during the protest. >> reporter: this is one of many entrances to independence square in kiev which become the center of those anti-government protests. they are still coming here in large numbers at least during the daytime. people are actually camping out here. some people are given up their
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jobs for months to maintain their tent city here. there are people trying to keep warm all the time, trying to keep fed, and others helping out as volunteers. some people have actually been coming here since last november, so four months of giving up their day jobs? what they say is a cause for democracy. many people we spoke to said that they feel that they need to be here until things really stabilize. >> translator: the reason we're here is people have to be sure who is elected and who will be elected. we'll stay here until the very end. it's the only way. >> translator: i'm sad so many people were killed. i was walking with someone from another city, he was one of the people that was killed. i put a flower on the site where he died. >> reporter: now the riot police
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have long since gone, but people are coming here, taking photos, getting a reminder of exactly the price that was paid for what they call the fight for democracy here. the barricades are still up, and that's because many people here feel that they should maintain a presence. they should continue to come to independence square until the country is stabilized, and they really feel like their voice is being listened to. a reminder that you can always keep up to date on ukraine around the clock by going to our website. there's a live blog with the latest updates at and still to come on the program, venezuela marks the first anniversary of the heard who empowered the poor, but left behind an uncertain legacy. plus more than 60 million
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women in the eu have experienced sexual or fiscal violence. and a footballer gears up for his first appearance with his adopted country, world champion, spain. ♪ and independent report for t theu nsays the syrian government is waging war of siege against his people. now over to the london center. >> thank you. the un's independent inquiry on syria has been released. it's a catalog of the suffering of 250,000 syrians and it also finds that war crimes have been committed by opposition groups. >> reporter: much like its predecessors the seventh report of the united nations inquiry on syria makes for grim reading.
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covering the period mid-july to mid-january, it details the plight of more than a quarter of a million syrians living under siege in various parts of the country. subjected to
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[ technical difficulties ] the only key is the international criminal court, that is one of the abilities to deal with the crimes in syria, is the security council. and despite our recommendations, the security council was not able to refer the case of syria to the international criminal court. >> reporter: ban ki-moon said there needs to be a stronger urge to move the case forward.
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a new study reveals that 62 million women in the european union have experienced some form of physical or sexual abuse. the survey asked about if is abuse at the home and workplace. one in ten have experienced some form of sexual violence, 22% have experienced sexual violence by a partner. for more on this we're joined in the studio by lee webster, the head of policy at the group woman kind worldwide. thank you for joining us. are you surprised by this report? >> we're not at all surprised. the world health organizations
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statistics though that a third of women will experience some form of violence in their lifetime. i thought okay. there's no surprise, because that's what we know sadly. >> the nordic countries came somewhere towards the top of the list. what is that telling us? it's a hard to know without knowing the exact figures, i realize. >> exactly. i want to dig a bit deeper into the statistics and see what is happening. i think there are some particular issues of violence against women in nordic countries, and there are high rates of gender equality in those countries, so women may be more predisposed to report that violence because of that. >> i know you look at the global situation too. >> yes, we work across africa, asia, and south america, and one
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in three women do experience violence, and while there is variation within countries and across countries, but rural and urban women for instance 1 in 3 is a pretty standard statistic across the world. >> are we making gradual improvements do you think? i know you say it's about patriarchal systems, that strikes me as something that is very tough to change. >> yes, the [ inaudible ] is gender inequality between women and men. what is positive and what has changed over cent -- recent decades and years is changes in women's movements that have pushed for laws. the biggest single factor is the existence of strong well organized women's movements who lobby and understand issues effecting women in their country. so we are seeing some
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improvements in terms of better legislation in constitutions, and how that -- how that is implemented and how that really makes a difference in the lives of women, sadly there's a big gap still in there. >> we'll have to leaf it there. thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you. we'll have plenty more news from europe a little later in the news hour. for now, though, it's back to doha. ♪ saudi arabia, the united arab emrates have withdrawn their [ inaudible ] from qatar. under the deal gulf countries agreed not to interfere with each other's internal affairs.
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qatar's government have expressed their surprise . . . >> well this is one of the most serious developments within the gulf corporation council otherwise known as the dcc. 47 million people live in these countries, and the gcc is meant to encourage cooperation on the economy, security, defense, and the environment, but those ties are now being tested. well let's get more now from abdul, he is a professor of political science at the uae university, and joins us via skype from dubai. thank you for being with us. this does seem like a very public move in a very conservative region. is there any significant importance to the timing of this
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decision to withdraw the envoys? >> yeah, this is definitely more than brotherly quarrel here. this is serious. we have not seen anything like this in the 33 years of the gcc, and this time around, you know, we were all surprised that three of the gcc's states decided to pull their ambassador. although it was very clear that they were annoyed towards qatar, very angry -- >> what is behind the anger. what is behind this avowance and anger? >> -- very serious move. >> sorry, you probably didn't hear my question. if you could explain what is behind this anger and annoyance
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towards qatar? i believe we may have just lost our guest there. abdul. unfortunately we will try, though to get him back on skype though. moving on to the trial of three al jazeera journalists detained in egypt has now resumed. the court is hearing from witnesses for the prosecution. they have now spent 67 days in prison. they are accused of having links with a terrorist organization, and spreading false news. al jazeera rejects the charges. before the hearing, peter greste's brother spoke about his concerns. >> every time i come to court, i'm hopeful, but i guess anything is possible, and even
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i -- i can't understand the system, and i never -- don't think i ever will. i really -- you know, i guess always have got expectations that there's moderated by the possibility that, you know, we -- we -- this -- this thing continues. >> al jazeera is currently not allowed to report from egypt, and so we're joined from cairo by cnn correspondent. can you give us an idea of what has happened so for a in court today. >> reporter: they are still in the hearing. it's about 5:20 pm local time here in cairo. that means the hearing has been going on for roughly three hours, and that's where the hearing is taking place behind us. you see a crowd of journalists gathered two tanks, and military personnel standing there. we have a cnn producer inside
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the hearing, and she is relaying information to us. she has been for the last few hours. just briefly tell you about some of the developments. the defendants, mohammed fahmy, peter greste, and baher mohamed were brought in wearing handcuffs and white prison jumpsuits. at one point, mohammed fahmy telling the judge that his shoulder has been dislocated, asking them to remove the handcuffs, and they did remove the handcuffs from the department. mohammed fahmy also telling the judge that he has never betrayed his country. peter greste's brother andrew also inside, telling journalists his brother is remaining strong, but he would never wish this or deal on anyone. 67 days is how long these journalists have been detained, most of that time not being charged. eventually they were charged with assisting a terrorist
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organization, presumably the muslim brotherhood. also broadcasting false information and working without a permit. by some account these journalists did not have a permit to work here in egypt. however, when it comes to the more serious charges of assisting a terrorist organization, many rights groups, journal lists are eager to see what kind of evidence the state is prepared to present. we do know the state has presented the memory cards, laptops and also some video. however, the defense team is complaining that the court has not provided any equipment to view the video, not clear why the judge and the court didn't provide some equipment to be able to view the video, but the hearing going on at this hour. much of the world watching, including rights groups who say this trial is an indication that egypt is going back to an
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oppressive autocarcy. they say all they were doing was reporting the facts in a very difficult time here in egypt. >> thank you very much, there, reza. well it's been a year since the death of the former vennes way land president, hugo chavez. tens of thousands of chavez loyalists are rallying across the country. al jazeera's daniel shriner is in caracas and joins us live. daniel give us an idea of how the commemorations are going so far. >> reporter: well, i'm in the 23rd of january neighborhood to
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the northwest of caracas, this is where they are holding the remains of hugo chavez are. they are just behind me on the hill. this was very much a strong hold of hugo chavez's neighborhood. this is where he chose to have his remains laid to rest after his death exactly a year ago. today marks the beginning of ten days of events to commemorate his life and to mark his death. events designed very much to keep the memory of hugo chavez live. noser reads chavez lives, and a year after the former president died, there are thousands of them all over venezuela. this one looking down on the rally of the opposition, those battling against his successor.
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>> translator: he was the most nobleman i have ever known. >> translator: chavez was our brother, our father, our friend, our liberator. >> reporter: to some the former president has a saint-like status. in the humble neighborhood where the anniversary of his death is being commemorated here. just how much is the president hiding behind the image of his old friend, and how far will the government go to use that image to keep their revolution alive. those are the requests being asked in a bitter conflict between a growing opposition movement and the president's government. >> translator: he was a man with
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quality that can't be passed on, which no political marketing can ever copy. it was part of his charisma which you can't explain. >> reporter: new posers and murals are still being posted. and his memory lives on. >> daniel no doubt venezuela is going through a lot of upheaval at the moment. social problems, economic chaos, inflation is at an all-time high, high unemployment as well. do they feel they are perhaps worse off without chavez? >> reporter: i think this is very much a divided society. if you ask anybody here, they will tell you that chavez improved their lives quite dramatically. they were living in poverty, they now have a town which has
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paved roads. pretty much everybody has electricity. and they have been out the last few days painting the railings and walls, with chavez's pictures, the colors of the flag. you move to other towns in venezuela, and they will tell you a very different story. they will mention the rampant inflation, high crime rate, and they will tell you that venezuela should be reaping the benefits of its vast oil wealth. it is very much a divided society, divided opinions about hugo chavez. >> daniel, thank you very much. still ahead on this news hour, we'll be live from washington where the defense secretary is seeking to convince the u.s. congress about his plans to shrink the military. and the little boy with big dreams how a free school in bangladesh is giving him and other children hope.
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welcome back, a reminder now of the top stories on al jazeera. talks are taking place in paris as diplomats look for a way out of the crisis in ukraine. the european union has announced $15 billion in aide for the struggling economy. the trial of three al jazeera journalists detained in egypt has now resumed. an independent report for the un says the syrian government is waging a campaign of siege, war fair, and starvation against civilians. it details the suffering of 250,000 syrians, and also finds that opposition groups have committed war crimes. so far the ukraine crisis has pitted russia against the united states.
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now nato may have an important role to play. it has 28-member nations, the united states plus its partners in europe. many living in the shadow of russia. three of them are former soviet states. poland shares a border with russia, territory on the baltic sea. it called an emergency nato meeting over the crisis. ukraine is not a member of nato, but a partner nation, so it's unclear what nato would do if russia moves forced out of crimea and into eastern ukraine. i'm joined by a senior lecturer at kings college london. thank you so much for being with us here on the show. if this escalates any further what is the next move? are we likely to see nato move on russian forces? >> i think it's highly unlikely that nato will [ inaudible ]
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anyway ukraine. because there is still a window for diplomacy, and also nato understands that what is at stake is basically world peace, global security, so i doubt if nato really finds it a proper way [ inaudible ]. i think it's more likely nato to declare [ inaudible ] towards the ukrainian government, but nothing more than justice towards the ukrainian government. >> we have been hearing from the west and eu side of it, and they tend to paint rush as the big bad neighbor. is this justified? >> in that part of the world [ inaudible ] russia is a country that has been invaded many, many times by neighboring countries, so that means that
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the country is suffering from what i call structural insecurity. so when it comes to the political orientation of neighboring countries [ inaudible ] kremlin is really, really careful, and really, really -- how can i put it -- they really care about the political orientation of their neighboring countries, so in plain english, the [ inaudible ] ukraine is a geopolitical nightmare for the kremlin. >> how so? >> [ inaudible ] basically security, so have nato there, and pro-western ukraine with no links to russia. and from the russian perspective ukraine is not just another neighboring country, ukraine is considered to be which many russian nationalists [ inaudible ] of the russian history, russian culture, but there is something else there, and it has to do with kosovo, and the intervention in kosovo.
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>> can i ask you just to put a theory to you. could putin's aggression in any way be perhaps linked to his own fear that the peaceful protest movement that has happened in ukraine could happen in russia as well? and that's why he is acting this aggressively? >> yeah, there are two levels of analysis there, the first have to do with domestic developments in russia, and you remember what happened in 2012 when putin was reelected, there were some serious protests against putin. and also this has to do with kosovo. kosovo -- what happened in kosovo in 1999, when nato intervened and in 2008 when kosovo was recognized as an independent state, those two developments broke a long-standing post-war taboo
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about the existing borders in europe. so from the russian perspective, kosovo is both an opportunity and a warning. it's a opportunity now, because crimea can become the kosovo of the black sea, but also it is aern wa -- it is a warning, because at that moment, russia was ignored by western countries. so to me it's like a pay back time. >> thank you so much for talking to us. the unfolding events in ukraine and russia have been playing out on tv screens right across the globe. let's go back to julie mcdonald in london now with more. >> thank you. according to many media analysts some of the coverage in russia is anti-ukraine propaganda. peter sharp has this report from
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moscow. >> reporter: the world according to the kremlin played out each night on state-run broadcasts. the leadership of ukraine's government is made up of neo-nazis, and radicaled backed by the west. it's a propaganda drum beat launched at the same time as russia's military move on ukraine. >> what the public sees is the picture in which fascist gangs seized power in kiev. they are dangerous. they jeopardize the livelihood of russian speakers, russian compatriots, ethnic russias, however it is put. and russia is to the rescue of these people. >> reporter: and there is no
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shortage of commentators always ready to ram home the message. >> translator: they gave guarantees to them and the whole world that the protest was going to be peaceful, as a lot, lots of corpses and tied up government. >> reporter: the government's information offensive has been pervasive and hugely successful. >> when you have state-controlled media, you have an incredible source that when -- whefrn you want to unleash a complain, just give the commanding. >> just because i work here for our team doesn't mean i don't have editorial independence, and i can't stress enough how strongly i am against any state intervention in a sovereign nation's affairs. what russia did was wrong. >> reporter: while many critics
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argue that state tv news coverage has been dangerously one-sided is coverage that will be broodly welcome by many here. many russians totally support putin's efforts in ukraine. in an interview published on wednesday, pope francis said no institution has been more transparent and responsible than the church when it comes to protecting children from abuse. that's all from europe for the moment now back to doha. >> judy thanks very much. india's election commission as just announced the schedule for up coming parliamentary election. vote willing begin on the 7th of april. polling in india is spread out to ensure voter safety. opinion polls suggest a possible defeat for the ruling congress
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party. anti-government protesters in thailand have been trying to shut down the excise tax department in bangkok. they forced some of the employees to leave, but the office continued to function. the government says a state of emergency in bangkok could be extended until protests end completely. malaysia's highest court has delayed ruling on whether to hear the catholic church's bid to call god ala. last october a lower court ruled in favor of the government saying that non-muslims are not allowed to use the word ala. china has lifted spending to $132 billion. that promise as well as others to tackle corruption and keep the economy growing have been
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announced as parliament opened its session. >> reporter: opening this parliamentary session, china's leaders seem determined to develop a kind of military machine that would fit the world's second biggest economy. it was announced military spending would increase by 12% despite the current national drive to save money. >> translator: last year we made solid progress in strength owning national defense. this has increased our military capacity. >> reporter: the extra budget will be used to modernize china's armed forces, raise living standards among service personnel, and develop more capabilities to fight what the government calls terrorism and natural disasters. the united states has announced recently that it is cutting back its armed forces, but its military spending still outranks chinas. and the prospect will cause alarm with china's neighbors.
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japan in particular is locked in a territorial dispute with china, and recently announced its own 3% rise in military spending. but economic and social reform will also dominate the coming days of deliberation with a commitment to continue the 7.5% growth rate. >> translator: ultimately stable growth will ensure that urban and rural incomes increase, and people's lives improve. >> reporter: with a promise to bring millions more people out of poverty, the government says it will do so while tackling the double down sides of pollution and corruption. >> translator: i think china needs to change its economic growth pattern. we cannot sacrifice environment for economic growth. >> reporter: many of these delegates are from regions that are still waiting for their
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share of economic growth. al jazeera, at the great hall of the people, beijing. as china is bulking up its military spending, washington wants to cut back. chuck hagel is appearing before the senate armed services committee in washington, d.c. this hour. he is discussing proposed military spending for 2015 and beyond. the plan would shrink the side of the u.s. army to the smallest force since before second world war. rosalyn no doubt this budget is very controversial, and no doubt that chuck hagel would have to expect tough scrutiny over it. >> yes, chuck hagel as well as the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff are getting a lot of tough questions, but the two men are arguing that the current
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fiscal realities in the federal government require that the military cut as much as a trillion dollars in the next ten years in defense spending, and they also note with the end of the war coming in afghanistan that this is a prime moment for the military to essentially reorganize itself. however, it's very controversial because every one of the 50 states in the u.s. depends on military spending as part of its economy, and hundreds of millions of people in some way have some sort of benefit that comes from defense spending, whether it's a job, whether it's retirement benefits, whether it's healthcare, it's a very controversial proposal. >> apart from all of these points that you just pointed out, as to how it is going to effect americans, what about the u.s. military's readiness, or the ability to fight wars?
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how is this budget going to effect that? >> what they are arguing is that the time for the u.s. to engage in a two-war policy, being able to fight two wars at the same time, they are saying the time for that policy is over, and that the u -- u.s. is going to have to focus on being able to fight one war, and respond to its treaty obligations. they say if need be they could mobilize and bring back all of the people in particular that they would need in order to fight a second war, but they insist that this is not something that the u.s. can currently afford do. but they stress this does not mean that the u.s. is going to go back on its obligations under bilateral security agreements with one country or another, and it's not going to keep the u.s. from being at the forefront of
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nato, which is, of course, the premier military alliance in the world. >> great talking to you. rosiland jordan reporting to us from the capitol of washington, d.c. bolivians still trying to cope after weeks of heavy rain. thousands of people are stranded waiting for help in some rural areas. >> reporter: isolated from the rest of the world, several weeks of heavy rain have cut off towns, villages and indigenous families like this. homes flooded and crops left to rot in the fields. communities like this one now lack clean water, food and medicine. most of their life is lost in the floods.
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>> translator: my daughter has all of these burns all over here, they think it is because of the water, because of the dead imagines. the water is filthy. >> translator: now more than ever, we need support, especially food and medical supplies, and also a doctor who stays permanently. now when the water level is lowering, the sickness is affecting everybody, elders and children, but there are no doctors to help us. >> reporter: a massive aide operation is underway, but few are satisfied with the response. they want the go to declare the region an official disaster area, to allow international aide organizations in to help. >> translator: according to the
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farmer's federation, more than 200,000 cattle were drowned and human lives were last. this seasonal considered a disaster by the administration? if this is not a disaster, what is considered a disaster by this government? >> reporter: severe flooding often hits parts of bolivia, but it appears the government is determined to prof it can manage its own relief effort during an election year. coming up, a football team changed their minds on having a friendly match with the u.s. we'll have details later.
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♪ welcome become. a project in bangladesh is getting children out of the slums and into the classroom. even though education is widely acceptable in the capitol, many children are still left out. >> reporter: this boy lives in one of the poorest slums in this area, his father and mother are day laborers, but he and his friends have bigger plans. they want to be film makers, doctors and teachers. >> translator: when i grow up i want to work with cameras like you, and take pictures. because i'm going to school and i'm going to grow up to be smart
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and i know i can do this. >> reporter: this is called a free school. it doesn't look like much, but it's a pretty big deal for the children here. there aren't any other schools for them to go to. >> translator: these students have a lot of desire to improvement themselves. they want to lift themselves out of the situation they found themselves in. >> reporter: this area is notorious for its drug trade, and many of the children work in the drug trade. this woman is cutting up rotten fruit that has already been flown away. that's what these kids eat. they have figured out one of the ways to keep these kids coming to school is to give them food. most parents are happy that their kids are getting an education. >> translator: i won't spend my child to work.
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his childhood is his childhood. it will go away soon. he can work when he's an adult. as long as i have the strength to keep working, i'm going to make sure my son stays in school. and no it's time for sport. >> thank you very much. ukraine's friendly match with the united states will go ahead later on wednesday, having changed their mind about canceling it. the match will take place in cyprus because of the conflict in ukraine. the team insists their sides are united despite their players coming from various regions across the country. egypt to take on world cup bosnia for their first match under their new coach. the 51-year-old has replaced
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american bob bradley. bradley left egypt as they failed to qualify for the world cup. the picture also sees the return of the 41-year-old goalkeeper. with less than three months until the world cup, coaches will be using wednesday's matches to get a clearer idea of the players they want to take to brazil. and as richard reports, there are opportunities for new faces with the world champions, spain. >> reporter: less than a year after [ inaudible ] this man is set to make his international debut with spain. he has scored 21 times this season. >> translator: as it is has always happened with any new player, i have not noticed any difference with diego than any
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other player. let's just hope he with play, he can debut. the netherlandses also has concerns about stwo of their players. >> translator: it is due we will use this occasion to test a few players. it won't be the team for the world cup. we have a few players who are injured and a few who are ill, including van percy. >> reporter: germany have brought up four new faces to play chile, but it's one of their veterans that could be making the headlines. he needs one more goal to surpress the all the-time leading scorer. brazil takes on 2010 hosts south
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africa in johannesberg having won their last six matches. also [ inaudible ] uruguay take on austria. and portugal hosts cameroon. serbia to face the republic of ireland. [ inaudible ] announced last month his intention to leave [ inaudible ] after 8.5 years. he won one champions league and five premier league titles, and have not revealed the length of the 32-year-olds contract. australia has beaten south africa to win the final test in cape town. the australians [ inaudible ] out for 265 to win by 245 runs
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just over 4 left in the day's play. they take the series 2-1. in the nba the houston rockets brought miami's star lebron james down to earth as they edged out the heat 106-103. james only managed 22 against the rockets. houston took full advantage. and there's more on our website, and check out and that's all your sport for me. i'll hand it back to you. >> thank you so much. and do stay with us here on al jazeera, we have another full bulletin of news for you at the top of the hour. you can always keep up to date
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